The past month brought a lot of rain and damage to the region, and we are thankful we had such a wonderful community outpouring of aid. The local emergency commission, spearheaded by Andrea Villalobos and made up of the Jacó fire department, Red Cross, Garabito police and members of the Central Pacific Chamber of Commerce, worked well together to assist those in need. Special thanks go to Juan Carlos Chávez, Federico Arias, Karla Campos, Gabriela Arias, Sarah Pérez, Siria Beatriz and Alfredo Mora, who worked around the clock to set up a temporary shelter. As the weather started to clear, many members of the Garabito business community, including Jeff Fisher from CR Beach, Johnny of Photocopy Jacó, Chris from Los Amigos and the crew at Clarita’s, collected supplies for those in need.
The Del Mar Surf Camp Kid’s Surf Club is back to share surfing knowledge in a safe, dynamic and attractive way for kids. Lessons will be held Saturdays in south Jacó in two groups, one for ages 4 to 8 and another for ages 8 to 12. Payment of ₡5,000 ($10) per child will be collected before each class. To confirm attendance, e-mail [email protected] or call 2643-3197 at least 24 hours before the lesson.
The ninth Pura Vida No Pro Charity Surf Contest will be held tomorrow from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Pelican Hotel in Esterillos Este. On your way back, stop by the Backyard Bar for the fourth edition of the Masters Surf Event for surfers 35 and up, featuring live music and barbecue. In Jacó, check out calypso band No Preocupe, Sea Feliz playing oceanfront at Clarita’s at 4 p.m.
U.S. Thanksgiving is coming up Nov. 25, and everyone is wondering where to go to get some turkey in the Central Pacific. In Hermosa, the Backyard Bar (2643-7011) will be serving up turkey and all the sides. In Jacó, Hotel Poseidon (2643-1642) on Calle Bohío is having its ninth annual Thanksgiving feast from 5 to 10 p.m. Jaco Taco (2643-1313), 100 meters south of the Best Western, will serve its annual Thanksgiving dinner in full style. Morgan’s Cove hotel (2643-3147) on the south side is also having a Thanksgiving Day special. And Nellie and Richard Lemon of Lemon Zest (2643-2591) will offer a traditional meal from 5 to 9 p.m. Richard also will be making pies for takeout for $15 each. If you want to enjoy your Thanksgiving feast at home, both Más x Menos in Jacó and Auto Mercado in Herradura offer what you’ll need, or you can get it catered by Jimmy Tancrell of Jimmy T’s Provisions (2637-8636) out at the Los Sueños Marina.
Sean Milligan of GeckoTech will be hosting a free workshop Dec. 1 on how to reduce your electric bill. The seminar will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. in the GeckoTech offices on Calle Morales. For information or to reserve a spot, contact Sean at 2643-0290 or [email protected].